Slow First Half Stuns Eagles in Conference Opener Against Roanoke
SALEM, Va – A slow start in the opening Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game against Roanoke College cost the Bridgewater women's lacrosse team as they fell 21-7.
The Maroons came out to a strong start as they put away five goals within the first 6 minutes of the game.
Bridgewater wasn't able to put a tally on the board until Carli Bafford snuck one past the keeper with 17:28 left in the first frame, making the score 5-1.
Roanoke responded with 11 straight goals, three of which came from Kathleen Wager. With 7:26 remaining in the first half, Bafford notched another goal from a free position shot, making the score 12-2.
Allison Bonanno scored another goal for the Maroons from a Wager assist before Katie Freeman scored her first goal of the game off a Jordyn Hutchins pass, cutting the lead to 13-3 with 1:02 left in the first half.
With five seconds left on the clock, Roanoke scored again, building their lead to 14-3 heading into the locker rooms.
In the first half, Roanoke outshot Bridgewater 23-12 and gained a draw control advantage of 13-5.
Coming out of the intermission, Bafford fired a shot and scored with 26:11 on the clock to cut the Maroon lead to 14-4.
Two more Roanoke goals were scored before Hutchins scored a goal of her own with about 20 minutes and change remaining in the game.
Bafford was able to connect with the back of the net for her fourth goal with 15:08 left on the clock, making the score 17-6.
The Maroons responded with three more goals, two of which were with the man-up advantage.
With 2:50 left in the game, Bafford scored her fifth, and final, goal of the game from a free position, cutting the lead to 20-7.
Roanoke scored one more goal with about a minute and a half left and Bridgewater was unable to overcome the first half drought as they fell to the Maroons, 21-7.
Roanoke nearly doubled Bridgewater's shots as they fired 38, while the Eagles only managed 19.
Bafford led the offense for the Eagles as she tallied a career high five goals.
Laura Reynolds played a complete game and turned away nine shots in the cage.
Wager led the way for the Maroons with six goals and Bonanno was right behind her with four, dishing out six helpers as well.
Bridgewater is back in action on March 21 when they take on the Shenandoah University Hornets at home. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.